Monday, September 20, 2010

How to Make Fried Green Tomatoes

Making Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes - You either love 'em or you don't.  If you haven't tried them, then you are missing out on a great treat!  These taste quite different than the ripened version of this fruit.  (Yes, tomatoes are a fruit - do some research...)  Fried Green Tomatoes are tart, and have a flavor that reminds you of citrus fruit more than tomatoes.  One thing for sure - they don't last long around my house.  Definitely Good Stuff!

Now, let's get on with the recipe...


3 or 4 Green Tomatoes
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
2/3 cups bread crumbs (or cornmeal)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground oriental chili (optional)
1/2 cup canola or olive oil

  1. Wash tomatoes.
  2. Cut Tomatoes into 3/8" thick slices, salt them, then place on top of a paper towel.
  3. Beat the eggs, then mix them with the milk, a pinch of salt, the pepper and oriental chili.
  4. Pour this mixture into a wide bowl or plate.  If using a plate, only fill it up halfway, to avoid spillage.
  5. Put the flour into a small bowl.  Do the same with the bread crumbs.
  6. Put 3/8" of oil into a frying pan and turn onto medium low heat - on an electric range, set it on 3.
  7. Drop the first batch of tomatoes into the milk/egg bath.  Flip them if necessary to ensure the entire slice is moistened.
  8. Pull them one at a time and place them in the flour, flip them to cover both sides and the top well.
  9. Set the flour-coated tomatoes into a plate, until the entire batch has been floured.
  10. Put the floured tomatoes back into the milk and eggs, then into the breadcrumbs - coat all sides well, then put into the pan.
  11. Keep doing this, laying the tomatoes side by side, until the pan has enough room left for two or three slices of tomatoes.  Stop adding tomatoes at this point so you don't overcrowd them.  If they are packed too tightly, the tomatoes won't get very crisp.
  12. Check the tomatoes regularly and turn them periodically.  The goal is a golden brown color on both sides.
  13. Once they are done, remove to a plate covered with a couple of paper towels.
  14. Salt, if needed.
  15. Plate 'em up and enjoy by themselves or with ranch dressing.

God bless you and yours and have a Great Day!